Elgin Cathedral (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/83308875%40N00/4825772797)

Elgin Cathedral

Renowned for its warm sunny climate and centrally situated on the Moray coast, the city of Elgin is Speyside's capital offering direct fast rail links to Aberdeen Airport, Aberdeen City and Inverness. The town is just 5 miles from Lossiemouth Marina on the Moray Firth waterfront and  serves as a gateway not just to the Speyside Whisky Trails and the Cairngorms, but also to the Highlands. Aberdeen Airport is within easy driving distance to the south east via the A96.

Elgin sits right at the heart of the Speyside whisky trail with the acclaimed Glen Moray Distillery along the River Lossie located in the city and offering tours and tasting. The town is also home to one of Scotland's most famous whisky shops, Gordon & Macphail, family run for over 116 years with an exceptional choice of whisky gifts and all the Speyside whiskies on sale.

Other whisky distilleries on the Speyside trail sit just south of Elgin, including the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown and Glen Grant Distillery in Rothes. The area hosts a selection of whisky themed events and festivals including the big May Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Elgin is a bustling market town offering a choice of accommodation and plentiful amenities from restaurants and cafes to a choice of independent shops. Explore the ruined Elgin cathedral dating from 1224, nicknamed the 'Lantern of the North'. The town museum is Scotland's oldest independent museum, built in 1842, and where you'll find a treasured collection of fossils from the Moray area spanning various pre-historic periods. Stay in the heart of the Speyside Whisky Trail - book Elgin accommodation online now.

Accommodation in Elgin

  • Lossiemouth   (5.2 miles from the centre of Elgin)
    Sleeps 8
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    Family fun holiday park near Lossiemouth overlooking the Moray Firth dolphin coast with an indoor pool, bar, restaurant and live entertainment. Static caravans and camping.
  • Nr Grantown on Spey   (19.0 miles from the centre of Elgin)
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    Luxury cottage overlooking the Spey Valley, just 8 miles from Grantown on Sprey. 5 bedrooms, WiFi, separate Bothy with home cinema system. Forest walks from your door. Sleeps 2-12.
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    Self Catering
  • Elgin   (7.3 miles from the centre of Elgin)
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    Well-equipped Burghead holiday cottage ideal for four people, but equipped for up to six with cot available. Comfortable and homely, within easy reach of beaches and golf courses.